Absolutely superb! On Saturday 7th December'13 my wife and I celebrated our wedding with a reception at Ventnor Towers, 3pm til Midnight. Many of the guests joined us in staying at the hotel the night before and after. So many of our guests told us it was the best wedding they had ever been to! And I totally agree. And Ventnor Tower's and it's staff played a big part in making that happen. Thank you to John and all his team for helping to make our wedding such an amazing day! We would recommend this hotel to anyone for an ideal location for a wedding reception -especially if, like us, you wish to feed and entertain 50 or so guests with just a £2000 reception budget.
I dont normally write these reviews, but I feel so endepted to the hotel that I owe it to them to do so. So lets start from the beginning....We discovered Ventnor Towers last via it's website, after spending many unsuccessful months searching the Island for a venue that would suit our plans. For just over £2000 the hotel provided for 50 guests; a three course meal plus a welcome drink, wine with the meal and toasting champagne for the speeches (note that the 6 little 1s under two years all got a three course meal for free and were not included in the 50 ; an evening buffet to feed 80 guests; the use of the fuction room, with a dance floor that catered for a barn dance, a great sound system (this played our own home made CDs of selected disco music. We hired disco lights for £35. Alot cheater and better than hiring a DJ), a grand piano (for £100 we hired a piano player for two hours to play during the meal), and amazing views of the sea. Also included in the hotel's fee is the couple's overnight stay in the Bridal Suite (It has an amazing white wooden balcony, high up looking out to sea. We had a photo shoot there, as soon as we arrived back from the church. Due to the backdrop, the resulting photos are great!)
We looked at another similar hotel, who wanted £2000 for 'exclusive' use of the hotel (that's before you get started with all the costs for all the above), as they told us no other guests would want to stay there with a wedding party -understandable I guess. But Ventnor Towers didn't ask for this -and because our wedding party booked out all of the 30 odd rooms in the hotel, we had 'exclusive' use of the hotel for free!
When you first arrive at Ventnor Towers to inspect the venue, keep an open mind and avoid first impressions. The front entrance of the hotel off of Madeira Road and the doorway into the reception don't do the hotel justice -for the simple reason that this is really the back of the hotel and so resembles just that. The actual front (and far more visually appealing) is what faces out onto the hotel grounds, leading to a cliff edge with panoramic sea views. Also at this back entrance, first impressions lead you to believe there are just a few parking spaces, until you discover the hotel has a separate car park just up from the reception -but hidden out of view at first sight. This parking catered for all our guests/a fully booked hotel. Once inside the hotel we were taken to the lounge to discuss business with the very friendly and down-to-earth. Both the staff and the hotel really grow on you. We were then taken down some stairs to the reception/dining room to discover just what we were searching for!
John invited us to come back whenever we wanted to discuss plans and (along with our baby boy) through the summer months to use the pool -all for free! The wedding Band were also aloud to visit to rehearse and try out the stage and sound system -all for free. We had a Christmas themed wedding and when we asked John if the set menu could be changed to turkey and Xmas pudding, this was not a problem -and at no extra cost! The food by the way is also superb.
I advise you take note of any suggestions John has, due to his experience. For example, he suggested we change the welcome drinks from wine to mulled wine. This was a nice touch to the Xmas theme. He also suggested we get a father Christmas to come as a surprise to give out presents to the children. We did just this and it was one of the highlights of the day. Come December the hotel had quirky Christmas decorations throughout and two tree -something else we got for free! And the hotel was heated very warmly throughout.
Any negatives? Hard to think of any, except for one annoying glitch on an otherwise perfect occasion... When you invite 60 or so family and friends to your wedding, don't expect everyone of them to give the staff the respect they deserve. The law of averages means that out of that 60 you are bound to get a couple of petty minds who think the hotel is to blame for anything from; a baby crying in the room next door (that is going to happen if you book out the hotel along with 6 babies; a spider in the bathtub; or the weather not resembling the photos on the website. These guests won't consider that these petty complaints reflect on the entire wedding party as a whole -and on a very grateful bride and groom who really appreciate all the hard work that Ventnor Towers put in for us.
Anyway, we have been invited back to use the pool next summer - and we will probably stay the night also to relive a few memories of one of the happiest days of our lives!
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- Also Known As:
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- Ventnor Best Western
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